(May 19, 2011)--As part of College Week in San Antonio, UTSA President Ricardo Romo encourages UTSA community members to wear a UTSA t-shirt and our orange-and-blue on Friday, May 20 to show support for the pursuit of higher education. Students, employees and other supporters at colleges, universities, retailers and businesses across the city will wear college t-shirts on Friday.
College Week is an initiative of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to boost the idea of attending college. Events are scheduled throughout the week, culminating in College Signing Day at the AT&T Center at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 22. UTSA President Ricardo Romo, UTSA mascot Rowdy and representatives from other area colleges and universities will be part of the Sunday event.
"The mayor sees this as a great way to plant the seed of earning a college degree in the next generation, and I agree 100 percent," said Romo. "Due to my parents' expectations, I automatically knew college was the next step for me. And, if we can encourage that type of commitment citywide and help our young students navigate the process of attending university, I know we can transform the educational level of our city within the next 10 years."
On Monday, Castro kicked off of College Week at Cafe College in downtown San Antonio. The initiative, which the mayor organized with Cafe College, the San Antonio Education Partnership and Generation TX, is "a great way of telling the next generation of students that this is what we expect, this is what we want for you," said Castro. "Getting and education is the key to fulfilling your dreams."
"We want to enshrine and celebrate academic accomplishment the same way we do athletic accomplishment," said the mayor. "It's a great way of telling the next generation of students that this is what we expect, this is what we want for you. We want to create a city of tremendous opportunity in the 21st century."
Cafe College is a city resource where students can get information on how to apply for college and financial aid. At Cafe College, the San Antonio Education Partnership College Access and success advisers provide assistance with these key services:
>> Read a May 17 San Antonio Express-News story on College Week.
College Week events
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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